An old interview of Hollywood actor Will Smith, of Slapgate infame, has surfaced in which the King Richard actor said he thought he was a coward while growing up.
In an old interview with David Letterman for the Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Will Smith, while revealing the lines from his 2021 memoir, mentioned, “The first line of the first chapter is, ‘I’ve always thought of myself as a coward. When I was 9 years old, I saw my father beat up my mother, and I didn’t do anything. And that just left a traumatic impression of myself as a coward.”
“When I came out of it, I realized that anything that happens in my life, I can handle it. I can handle any person I lose. I can handle anything that goes wrong in my life. I can handle anything in my marriage,” Smith added.
Moreover, the actor revealed how this made him portray a positive image of himself throughout his career with a determination that he could handle anything in his life.
Smith said he wanted to take a break from acting while writing his 2021 memoir: “My experiences and my life, and the writing of this book have unlocked a part of me, as an actor, that is like nothing I’ve ever experienced.”
Will even mentioned that life was quite exciting for him at present as he was able to reach people differently than ever because of his pain.”Life is so exciting to me right now because I can reach people differently than I’ve ever been able to reach people, largely because of my pain. I’m really ready to dive into my heart in a way that I think will be, hopefully, fulfilling for me and helpful for the human family.”
Moreover, he talked about protecting his family and revealed that both aspects, protection, and safety were not real.
“Protection and safety is an illusion. You have to learn to live with the reality that any moment, anything can be gone in one second. So with that reality, how can you be here? And how can you be joyful and be here?”